The Sunday Salon: School is out!

The Boy has been out of school for a while but The Girl just finished this past Friday (thank goodness!) No more homework! No more speeches! At least, for a little while. I can’t tell you how happy I am about it. It’s like, summer has finally started. Sort of. Still cool here in So Cal but I love it.

Yesterday, I got to spend more time with bloggers. Fizzy Jill emailed me last-minute and asked if I wanted to meet-up with her at Vroman’s. Wallace was also joining us for the fun so I cleared my calendar and headed to Pasadena to see this lady:

Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister is most known for her first book, The School of Essential Ingredients, but she was there last night promoting her new book, Joy for Beginners. It was a very casual, laid back reading and I must say, I really liked her personality. I’ve not read anything by her but I know she has a pretty good following from her first novel.  I’d like to read her first book as I am a total foodie. However, the bookstore did not have it on the shelf. Can you believe that?

After the reading and some browsing, we headed across the street to check out a Thai restaurant I had Googled. It was pretty good and I’m pretty picky about Thai food. If you are ever in the area, give Nine & Nine a try.

After our meal we just hung around and talked about blogging. It was great to just kick-back with friends and talk books.

What did I end up buying?

Nesbo Double Header

My obsession with Jo Nesbø continues.I like how Sandy tried to steal him from me when she visited Norway. TRIED being the operative word here. She couldn’t find him! I guess he’s saving himself for me.

Today I had to run a bunch of errands and I am just now able to sit down. The Hub is not feeling all that great so he is napping (I suppose the evening with the kids wiped him out). I’m about to plop down to finish The London Train (in between loads of laundry of course) and we’ve got nothing special planned for dinner. Maybe some roasted tomatoes, gluten-free pasta and shaved parmesan?

Hope you are enjoying a nice, lazy day. That’s what Sundays are supposed to be. Now if someone would explain that to The Family then I’d love you forever.

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27 Responses

  1. Any time I can get together with other bloggers, I consider it a great day! What a fun event. I loved Bauermeister’s first book and can’t believe the store didn’t have it.

  2. More book shopping with cool bloggers! What fun! I haven’t read The School of Essential Ingredients yet but I want to and I have a copy so hopefully I’ll get ot it soon! I’m drooling over your book purchases. As soon as I have the time i want to read Nesbo and Mankell…I need some good crime detecting in my life!

    So what does summer hold for the boy and girl now that school’s out?! I hope it means some free time for mom….even a few days!

    • Well, I say “feels like summer” only in the loosest sense since I am still working full-time. I have a week off with the kids at some point, but The Girl will be going to summer day camp and the The Boy will be all over the place with basketball and the like. Universities don’t get summer off since classes go year-round. Grrr.

  3. I tried to convince my husband that today should be a lazy day – after church I cuddled up in bed with two of my daughters, reading. He was apalled when he found us and promptly listed off how much he/we have to do before we leave for vacation on Wednesday. I wanted to just blow him off and keep reading, but now I feel guilty, so I have been working, too. (Notice right now I have managed to get on the computer as he is outside working).

    • I tried to read several times today but it’s not happening. I gave into it and just started prepping for dinner.

  4. Sounds like you had a great day with Jill and Wallace….how fun.

    When my kids were young and out of school, I was more stressed as I was working. I tried to fit activities for them and I’d take my vacation in 4 day w/ends as much as possible.

    Enjoy your lazy Sunday and have a great week Ti.

  5. So glad that school is over in your house…we’re out this Thursday and can’t wait! Your day with book blogging friends sounds wonderful, but shame on that bookstore for not having Erica’s first book..it was amazing!! You need to read it soon. I love the books you picked up!

    BTW..the reason why Sandy couldn’t find Jo Nesbo is because I have him hidden away at my house!! :D

  6. Ohh, a fun blogger get together!

    I read JOY FOR BEGINNERS and really liked it; connected with it more than I thought I would, in fact.

    There must have been a problem with the bookstore’s order … I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t sell the book at an event! Hope you get your hands on it soon.

  7. I love this author…her first book is one of my all tome favorites..it is on Kindle if you can not find it else where. I just finished Joy For beginners…it is lovely…your week end sounded delightful!!!

  8. Tome equals time…I hate typing on my iPad!!!

  9. Definitely surprising that the store would have Erica Bauermeister in to read and not have both her books on hand – big missed opportunity for them! Both of her books are excellent, though. Hope you manage to track down The School of Essential Ingredients some other place – the foodie in you should definitely love it! :)

  10. I cannot believe they would have a reading and not have the author’s books! Wow!

    p.s. Sandy is so wrong, so outclassed by us when it comes to being The Love(s) of Jo Nesbo’s Life.

  11. That sounds like a lovely day! I’m glad you had such a good time. I’m happy for summer to be here too. School is just as much work for the parents as the kids sometimes.

  12. Tough Ti. Ever since I am a mother 5 years ago, I haven’t been able to have a lazy and quiet and relaxing weekends, not to mention Sunday.

    But I hope you have luxury to experience some weekends like that!

  13. I had fun Saturday night…I’m so glad you and Wallace were able to meet for the reading and dinner. And that you found a new author. :-D

    The Huntington was awesome…you need to go! I’ll post about all of the bookish things I saw.

  14. FI had a lot of fun hanging out with you again and meeting Jill! I’m excited to read Joy for Beginners as soon as my commitments are finished. I still can’t believe they didn’t have the foresight to make sure her other title was stocked. Weird. But glad you found your boyfriend on the shelf! Oh, and thanks for introducing me to Thai tea… I’ve been dreaming about it!

  15. How fun! I am glad you were able to go to the reading, Ti. I haven’t read anything by Erica either, but have heard great things about her 1st book. I hope you have a great week!

  16. You were so lucky to hear Erica speak. I would have loved to. I have now read both of her books and loved them. She’s a fabulous writer. I’m jealous you got to meet up with Jill. I miss out on a lot here in Canada. Lol.

  17. Today was the last day of school for us. I’m actually dreading having to fill all the “free”time. Thank goodness for day camp!

    I need to start with Jo Nesbo. Glad Sandy didn’t steal him away. ; )

    And I’ve heard nothing but raves for Joy for Beginners.

  18. Yeah, schools out for summer!

    I was just reading a book review for Joy for Beginners, looks to be a good selection and how great is it that you can to attend these readings/events.

    I’m catching up on a few NetGalley selections – I had no idea NetGalley works like a library and I selected a few to many books. Now I’m rushing to get through them! If only my Nook didn’t break while on vacation :).

    Have a great day!

  19. Okay, I have to give the Nesbo a shot. I won’t steal him, I promise… just borrow for a quick fling and return him safe and sound UNLESS I FALL IN LOVE IN WHICH CASE ALL BETS ARE OFF!

  20. Also, I want to have a book date with you, Fizz and Wallace one of these days. LA area book bloggers for the win!

  21. Just finished Bauermeister’s Joy for Beginners. It was a bit uneven for me, but in Jill’s post she mentioned that Bauermeister said that her books were really collections of short stories. That said, it makes even more sense to me that I would not connect with all of the characters. But some I really loved and I liked that it was a novel about friendship without the usual trappings of this kind of book.

  22. Lucky you to get to meet up with Book Bloggers and get to hear Erica speak! That is weird that they didn’t have copies of her book. I loved her first book, and I’d suggest that you start with that one first. I read Joy for Beginners and I am in the minority but it just didn’t work well for me. I didn’t connect to the characters and the writing style wasn’t as rich as the first book, IMO. I am in the minority on my review.

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